Black Sex Link Chicken

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Other common names: Black Star Chicken: Black Rock Chicken; Black Star Sex Link Chicken; Miss Pepperpot Chicken; Red Rock Chicken; Rock Red Chicken

The basics:
Sex-linkable chickens are hybrids, in which you can tell the difference between male and female chicks when they are hatched because of their different colors. Being able to distinguish gender by color is helpful because sexing baby chicks can only be done reliably for a couple of days after hatching, and can be quite challenging. As most chicken owners are looking for hens, being able to confidently know you are not going to end up with a rooster is very helpful.

The Black Sex Link is, any sex-linkable chicken where the hens hatch black in color. Most Black Sex Links are created by crossing a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster to a Barred Plymouth Rock hen. Chicks will hatch black, with the males having a white spot on their heads.

Many hatcheries create their own brand names for sex link chickens.

Types: Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are black with red in their necks, and roosters are barred
Uses: Eggs
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Black Sex Links are easy going and tame very easily.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo

What else you should know:
Like many egg production breeds, the Black Sex-Link is prone to egg binding. To prevent egg binding, make sure your hens are consuming enough calcium and exercising.

After a year of laying, the Black Sex-Links production will drop dramatically. Thus, it is important to replace these hens yearly.


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